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(Page last updated 13th July 2020)
Quiz time
The Fone-a-Friend Quizzes - devised by Quizmaster John Loosemore

Quiz Answers Click here for the Answers to John Loosemore's "Fone-a-Friend Quizzes"

The object of each quiz is to co-operate with others to complete the quiz.
There is no entry fee, no prizes, and you can cheat as much as you like - but you won't get the best out of each quiz if you do that. Much better to phone a friend!

John hopes to arrange one quiz per week, and we'll post the answers the following week. The quizzes will typically comprise two rounds out of the following list:

•  A chain round, in which the answer to one question contains a clue to the next.
•  A list round, in which the quizzer has to list as many as possible of a category
    (eg counties of England).
•  A top ten round, in which the quizzer has to list ten consecutive (eg first ten
    Old Testament books).
•  An anagram round.
•  A decade round, matching events to years over a given decade.
•  A "how old" round, giving the ages of well-known live people.

Fone-a-Friend Quiz 7 13th July

Since the lockdown is easing (hopefully not just temporarily) John is having a break from preparing these quizzes. Since the Round England Chain proved popular, He is leaving a new lengthier and slightly more difficult Round Britain Chain for those interested.

Round Britain Chain

You might need a map for this. All answers are towns etc in the United Kingdom, and distances and compass directions are approximate. All of the towns are reasonably well-known. Some of the answers are more than one word (these are identified). As usual, the last letter of one answer is the first letter of the next. Where the answer is more than one word, the last letter of the last word is the first letter of the next.
The first letter of (1) is "P".
Good luck and enjoy...

•  1. With a population of a little over 20,000 this is just about the most south-westerly
        settlement in the UK.
•  2. After a trek about 300 miles E, we are in another seaside town.
•  3. Google maps reckons it would take 147 hours walking NW some 450 miles (and
        that would be fast walking) to this town in South Lanarkshire. It also incorporates
        Scotland's first New Town. (Two words)
•  4. And now we almost repeat the journey in reverse (400 miles, nearer S than SE) to
        a town which has become almost a suburb of Southampton, although I
        remember it from my childhood as being a railway junction and workshop.
•  5. A much shorter journey this time, some 60 miles NE to the western outskirts of
        London. No, it's not the airport.
•  6. Now we go across London, 20 miles NE, to the edge of the forest.
•  7. 630 miles almost due north, almost as far north as you can go, we reach almost
        the opposite of question (1).
•  8. Staying in Scotland, a crow would travel SW about 275 miles. A car journey would
        not be as straightforward though.
•  9. SE 315 miles to Northamptonshire.
•  10. A much shorter journey, 120 miles due E to the coast. (Two words)
•  11. One for the book lovers. We travel 240 miles, just a bit south of due W. There we
          find a three word town. (Hyphenated)
•  12. Again the crow comes into action. 120 miles SW, as the crow flies, on the edge of
          Dartmoor, lies a city the Romans knew as Isca.
•  13. 140 miles NE almost takes us to number (5). One of its current MPs provides,
          perhaps, its only claim to fame!
•  14. Something like 460 miles away NW (a bit approximate!) takes us to the southern
          shores of Lough Neagh, and a small(ish) town which became well known in The
          Troubles.
•  15. And only a short journey away, some 40 miles NE, takes us to the northern edge
          of Strangford Lough. It looks (from Wikipedia) about as interesting as my
          description of number (13). Christine Bleakley, a TV presenter, was born there.
          Yawn...
•  16. Back over the water again, about 300 miles S to one of Wales's many cities.
•  17. Some 190 miles SE lies a town trapped between the South Downs and the English
          Channel.
•  18. And if we continue a further 75 miles east we end up on the Romney Marshes.
•  19. Another long trek 475 miles NW, takes us to a shooting incident at the local
          school. Andy Murray was in the school at the time.
•  20. Travel a mere 285 miles back along the same route (ie in a SE direction), and we
          find DH Lawrence's birthplace in Nottinghamshire.
•  21. Next we go 135 miles SW into Wiltshire, where the two degree west line runs
          through the western edge of this town.
•  22. A short trip up the road this time, 35 miles N into Gloucestershire, to a town
          which claims to be one of the birthplaces of the organic food movement.
•  23. Whilst we're in Wessex, how about visiting 90 miles SW, with a spin to perhaps
          the smallest place in the quiz. The population of some 1,500 souls live on the
          Somerset - Devon border.
•  24. A very long trip, due N some 570 miles to one of Scotland's north facing coasts,
          and a bit east of Inverness.
•  25. And we retrace our steps, only about 515 miles due S to a Somerset town which
          is almost a suburb of Bristol.
•  26. Time to cross the sea, about 300 miles NW to just outside Belfast
•  27. I wonder if anyone has ever done this journey. Return across the sea, some
          340 miles SE to Buckinghamshire, and a town on the Thames about 30 miles west
          of London.
•  28. About 135 miles due N (and it is almost exactly due N) at the northern edge of
          Sherwood Forest is this Nottinghamshire town. It was, at one stage, a coal
          mining town.
•  29. A journey 290 miles SW takes us to the picturesque North Cornwall coast, to
          watch Doc Martin being filmed.
•  30. Another journey which is far shorter for a crow than for a human (at least, one
          without an aeroplane). Around 90 miles NE is the home of the Welsh Assembly -
          175 miles by road, though!
•  31. Another journey very close to due N, some 360 miles up into Scotland. This town
          is almost a hub for the Scottish road system, with both the North-East M9
          motorway, and the West M876 reaching the burgh. If you've ever listened to the
          football results and wondered where Stenhousemuir is...
•  32. Not quite one coast to another, but about 40 miles SW in East Ayrshire is a
          settlement, one of whose (now) state schools has a rare claim to fame. It
          educated two Nobel Prize winners - Alexander Fleming and John Boyd Orr.
•  33. Whilst we're in Scotland let's return to the north. Actually NE from the previous
          place, about 180 miles NE in Moray, to the start of Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail.
•  34. Another long journey, some 500 miles SW from Northern Scotland to South West
          Wales, but again not quite on the coast. The name could easily have been three
          words, but it is only one. The first two of these names have the same meaning
          as an English county town not all that far away.
•  35. 240 miles NE takes us to a brewery town in North Yorkshire.
•  36. 210 miles SE and we are in Kent, in a cathedral city.
•  37. A mere 40 miles E takes us to the end of the country and one of the former
          Cinque Ports.
•  38. About 220 miles NW is a two word town in Wales, on the Heads of the Valley
          A465 trunk road, and bordering Brecon Beacons National Park. Michael Foot was
          the MP here for 32 years.
•  39. 170 miles SE takes us to another two word town in West Sussex, about ten miles
          away from Gatwick airport.
•  40. 70 miles NW takes us into Oxfordshire, and a railway town. I always remember it
          for the six cooling towers from the power stations (all demolished now).
•  41. 160 miles SW takes us very close to the Devon/Cornwall border, and the
          birthplace of Francis Drake.
•  42. Maybe 320 miles a little bit east of N is the Lake District, and this town (which
          is north of Dewentwater). Samuel Taylor Coleridge is associated with the town,
          even though he was born nearer number 41 above!
•  43. 220 miles SE is The Wash, and this two word town, which acts as regional centre
          for the sparsely populated West Norfolk.
•  44. 75 miles SW is the M1. This two word town in Buckinghamshire is best known for
          its service station!
•  45. Carry on SW for a further 150 miles and we reach another two word town. This
          time one on the coast near the Dorset/Devon border.
•  46. And we continue SW, 70 miles, and cross the whole of Devon until we reach
          Cornwall, albeit on the border with Devon.
•  47. Let's go back to Scotland. 470 miles due N is a town which is geologically
          between the Highlands and the Lowlands, and is very close to Loch Lomond.
•  48. 100 miles SE brings us into the Scottish Borders area. This town is probably the
          Scottish town furthest from the sea.
•  49. Nearby, 20 miles NE, is our next destination. This has a strange claim to fame. Its
          bridge was the model for London's Waterloo Bridge.
•  50. Our final trip, some 220 miles a bit west of due S almost takes us into Wales,
          which is 5 Shropshire miles away.

The last letter of (50) is "Y"

Fone-a-Friend Quiz 6 10th June

Chickens or Dickens?
All of the names below are either types of chickens or are characters in works by Charles Dickens. You have to decide, for each one, which it is.

1.Ancona                                         
2.Bucket                                         
3.Buckeye                                         
4.Chivery                                         
5.Holland                                         
6.Leghorn                                         
7.Murdstone                                         
8.Sundheimer                                         
9.Turveydrop                                         
10.Bantam                                         


London's Blue Plaques
Who are the following blue plaques for? I will give you the address, and some/most of the inscription on the plaque, and the details of birth and death. I might also add a bit to help you. One other (slightly) helpful piece of information is that the answers are in alphabetical order of surname.

1.London Hospital, Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel E1 1BB
 "Pioneer of Modern Nursing in Belgium and Heroine of the Great War trained and worked here 1896-1901"
 Born Swardeston, Norfolk 1865, died Brussels 1915
2.15 Glenshaw Mansions, Brixton Road, Kennington SW9 0DS
 "Actor and Film-maker lived here in Flat 15 1908-1910"
 Born 1889 purportedly in Walworth but no records exist, died Vaud, Switzerland 1977. Best known as a comedian
3.12 Tennison Road, North Norwood
 "Creator of Sherlock Holmes lived here 1891-1894"
 Born in Edinburgh 1859, died Crowborough 1930
4.Fairmount, Mottingham Lane, Mottingham
 "Cricketer lived here"
 Born in Downend, Bristol in 1848, died Mottingham 1915. The foremost cricketer of his time, he is buried in Beckenham Crematorium
Next come two neighbouring houses, both used by musicians
5.25 Brook Street, Mayfair W1K 4HB
 "Composer lived in this house from 1723 and died here"
 Born Halle, Prussia (now in Germany) in 1685, died London 1759. One of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, he is buried in Westminster Abbey
6.23 Brook Street, Mayfair W1K 4HA
 "Guitarist and Songwriter lived here 1968-1969"
 Born Seattle, USA in 1942, died London 1970. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in pop music
7.43 Waverley Gardens, Barking
 "Captain of the World Cup-winning England Football Team lived here"
 Born Barking in 1941, died Putney 1993
8.Red House, Red House Lane, Bexleyheath
 "Red House built in 1859-1860 by Philip Webb, architect for ...... poet and artist who lived here 1860-1865"
 A major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts. Born Walthamstow in 1834, died Hammersmith 1896
9.223 Pitshanger Lane, Ealing
 "Tennis Champion lived here 1919-1935"
 Born Stockport in 1909, died Melbourne 1995. Until Andy Murray in 2013, he was the last British winner of the mens singles at Wimbledon
10.28 Cintra Park, Upper Norwood
 "Promoter of sex education and birth control lived here 1880-1892"
 Born in Edinburgh in 1880. Died Dorking 1958. She founded the first birth control clinic in Britain


Fone-a-Friend Quiz 5 23rd May

Round England chain You might need a map for this. All answers are towns etc in England, and distances and compass directions are approximate. All of the towns are well-known, although perhaps number 6 is limited to those with a knowledge of the 1832 Great Reform Act!
As usual, the last letter of one answer is the first letter of the next. All answers are one word only. I am not giving the first letter of (1). It is the same as the first letter of (12).

•  1. A coastal seaport on the south bank of the Humber
•  2. About 270 miles SW to south Somerset, near the border with Dorset
•  3. About 130 miles almost due E to East Sussex, although maybe avoid 5 November?
•  4. A 300 mile journey almost due N to County Durham, to Tony Blair's old
        parliamentary seat
•  5. 215 miles down S to Cambridgeshire for part of the Imperial War Museum
•  6. Only 75 miles E into Suffolk, to the former capital of the East Angles and a
        former "rotten borough"
•  7. 90 miles SW to the Essex/London borders and a new town
•  8. Another long, 265 mile due N trek to where Hadrian finished his work?
•  9. Under 20 miles this time, S to visit the cathedral
• 10. 85 miles SW, to the Lancashire Coast, close to Lancaster
• 11. 235 miles SE and we're almost back in number 7!
• 12. 45 miles SW, diagonally across London, to the airport
• 13. Now we go 140 miles NW to an historic market town in Worcestershire
• 14. And then we retrace 95 miles of our steps going SE to Berkshire, for a library?
• 15. Just over 50 miles S we visit a Hampshire town, which has the distinction of
        being the largest settlement in Britain without an operational railway station
• 16. Over 200 miles WSW in deepest Cornwall lies another cathedral city
• 17. 260 miles NE and much closer to home on the Kent/London borders
• 18. 220 miles NW and we are in a town on the Lancashire side of the Pennines
• 19. And 110 miles SSE we find the largest town in Warwickshire
• 20. Take your pick where you go from here... There are plenty of towns with this
         name. Perhaps the best known is on the Isle of Wight, but I also know of versions
         in Essex, Norfolk and Shropshire

Fone-a-Friend Quiz 4 14th May

The list round. Name the 10 Canadian provinces. Note that these do not include the three territories of Yukon, Nunavut, and Northwest

1.                                          6.
2.7.
3.8.
4.9.
5.10.


The anagram round. The following are all anagrams of films

1.   Sheen hatted workmanship
2.His drill scents
3.Rum pet frogs
4.Nazi neck tie
5.Rebel if no Faith
6.May spin prop
7.Flip into cup
8.Hint the wide gown
9.Widest oysters
10.Rail at God

Fone-a-Friend Quiz 3 27th April

The anagram round. Each of these is a London Underground station

1.   Cosset Frock
2.Squeals Era No
3.Bare Elk Zips
4.A Retard Cottonmouth
5.A Dare Way Goblin
6.Upstate Yen
7.Nearly Earns
8.Veal Ripe
9.Chew Gill
10.Castrate Angel

The list round in reverse. The following six places all have important features in London's geography. Identify for each why it is important. (Good luck with this!)

1.   A field just off of Fen Lane, North Ockendon
2.
 
A bend in Ditches Lane, just north of the church of St Peter and St Paul in the village of Chaldon
3.Next to the A233 Westerham Hill where it crosses into Kent
4.
 
The clockwise hard shoulder of the M25 between junctions 24 and 25 near Crews Hill railway station
5.The Thames foreshore at low tide
6.
 
The exit for Poyle on the roundabout above junction 14 of the M25 near Heathrow Terminal 5


Fone-a-Friend Quiz 2 16th April

The chain round. The last letter of each answer provides the first letter of the next answer. The first answer begins with a "Y"

•  1. A country with disputed capital - Aden or Sana'a
•  2. The Roman god of the sea
•  3. To which island was Napoleon exiled in 1814?
•  4. "19" and "21" are albums by which singer?
•  5. What was Linda McCartney's maiden name?
•  6. Which US state has Lincoln as its capital?
•  7. A South American country whose last letter is the same as its first
•  8. Who was the first murder victim in the Bible?
•  9. Name of a strong smelling Belgian cheese
• 10. Where Joan of Arc died
The last letter of the chain is an "N"

The list round. Including the current incumbent, who were the last ten leaders of the Labour Party (excluding temporary leaders)

1.                                          6.
2.7.
3.8.
4.9.
5.10.


Fone-a-Friend Quiz 1 3rd April

The chain round. The last letter of each answer provides the first letter of the next answer. The first answer begins with a "T"

•  1. A language spoken mainly in South India and Sri Lanka
•  2. By what stage name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta better known? (Two words)
•  3. Which first name was shared by the author Chekhov and the composer Bruckner?
•  4. Which country has Abuja as its capital?
•  5. What chemical element has the symbol Sb?
•  6. Who was the first President of Russia, 1991-1999 (surname only)
•  7. Which Alfred Hitchcock film climaxes at Mount Rushmore? (Three words)
•  8. On which river does Rome stand?
•  9. Both a weapon from Cluedo and a Beatles album
• 10. Which river forms a natural boundary between part of the USA and Mexico (two words)
The last letter of the chain is an "E"

The list round. There are about (!) 26 Roman Catholic cathedrals in England and Wales (depending on definition). I have put all the slightly dubious ones in their place in the alphabet. Your challenge is to list the others (not necessarily alphabetically, but that would help)

1.Aldershot14.
2.15.
3.16.
4.17.
5.Cardiff St Davids18.Preston
6.19.
7.20.
8.21.
9.22.
10.London (Ukrainian)  23.
11.24.Walsingham
12.25.
13.  26.  

Good Luck and don't forget to "Fone-a-Friend"